Reflecting The Light
4 in Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of all people. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:4-5
My brother, Steve, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease (lymph system cancer) in the summer of 1956. The prognosis was 3 years, but he lived 8+. The doctors attributed the extra 5 years to Steve’s spirit. He had life experiences in that short time that some people do not experience in a much longer life. His appreciation of life showed in his immersion in studying faith through the Bible. His guiding passage was 2 Corinthians 4:6-18. He passed away in January 1965, with his last words being “Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday – to everybody.”
In his 80-page write-up of my brother’s life, my father included Pastor Walt Smith’s meditation given at the funeral. The following are excerpts: “The Life of God has become most real and evident to men in the person of Jesus Christ, for as John says, He is the very Word of God become flesh. Only Christ is truly Life as God intended mankind to be.” . . . “there are lights which are the lives of saints and pioneers; and these in their turn are not originators of light, but rather reflectors which give light to us because they themselves are turned towards the source of light.” That source is the Light of Christ.
These two verses from John will always remind me to recognize the reflection of Christ’s Light on those who turn to God and to make that turn to Him, especially when His guiding light is needed.
While the 2 Corinthians passage is too long to place in this devotional, I recommend reading it as the prayer for the day.
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